18. The responsibility for signalling that a parish wishes to take advantage of arrangements available to those whose theological conviction leads them to seek the priestly or episcopal ministry of men rests with the relevant parochial church council (‘PCC’).*


* In the case of a guild church designated and established under section 4 of the City of London (Guild Churches) Act 1952 the responsibility rests with the guild church council and what is said in paragraphs 16 to 29 applies to guild churches and guild church councils as it applies to parishes and PCCs, with the necessary modifications.


Paragraph 18 is important. In the Church of England the responsibility for such decisions neither with the priest nor with the congregation as a whole, but with the PCC. Members of the congregation may be invited to express their views, but the PCC must exercise its responsibility and not effectively delegate the decision to a congregational referendum.